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Pros
  • Work/Life Balance ; family oriented offices ; extensive training (in 23 reviews)

  • The coworkers are what make this place a great place to work (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is slightly better than Big 4 during busy season but slightly worse than Big 4 off-season (in 12 reviews)

  • Obvious busy season hours, potential for a lot of travel (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (9)

    "Watch Out for HR"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Southfield, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Plante Moran full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent firm if you want to focus on middle market.

    Cons

    Can't compete with the big firms, although they try. HR is a cancer - have run out so many with the gossiping, back-biting and bullying. They are supposed to promote the culture, not kill it.

    Advice to Management

    PLEASE investigate the questionable behavior of the HR team. Don't lose touch with what differentiates Plante Moran from other firms.


  2. Helpful (10)

    "A good place to begin a career and then move on to the next level."

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Consultant in Southfield, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Plante Moran full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Clients - Terrific client base provides good learning opportunities, and network building.

    Brand - Good reputation, resume builder.

    Perks - PTO is good, but impossible to utilize when you are expected to bill 2,600+ hours.

    Cons

    Hollow Corporate Culture - "Jerk Free", "The Golden Rule", "Island you don't want to leave". All of these hollow cliches perpetuate the "Best Place To Work" accolade. Tons of passive aggressive personalities in my experience at the firm.

    Partners - Way too many partners. Very few partners that have any ability to lead and develop staff. Even fewer that have your best interest on their priority list. Kind of an old boys club. If you can last 15 years at the firm, congrats you are a partner. No real fast track. Some partners churn through staff at incredibly high turnover rates, but are never held accountable for not developing staff and treating them poorly. I had partners tell me they were powerless to impact change if it was related to a rain making partners group.

    Compensation - Rigid system for rewarding employees which disenfranchises high achievers. Not competitive with peer groups. If you aren't a partner, you are vastly underpaid.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Project manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great room for growth and career path

    Cons

    Provide clear position objective while outlining what the year end review will encompass. Workload for weekly monthly and yearly objectives need to be clear

    Advice to Management

    Assign workload with clear expectations


  4. Helpful (10)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Plante Moran full-time

    Pros

    Decent amount of job security, very few layoffs, very client-centric attitude across the board. They are crazy about being named to all of the "Best Companies to Work For "awards so they least say they care about you.

    Cons

    Review process is horrible. They say they care about work/life balance but they just say it, they don't show it. Partners get rich, no one else does. Waaaay to much bureaucracy...why have two HR people for a group when you can have nine?


  5. Helpful (8)

    "HR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Career path within the organization is evident

    Cons

    Very stagnant organization, stiff and boring company culture, compensation is low for the industry.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Staff Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good starter job, pays ok but culture is not what they preach

    Cons

    It seems they just want to use new graduates for a few years before they discard them


  7. Helpful (9)

    "quality of work / life and salary"

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    Former Employee - Assurance in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Assurance in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Plante Moran full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    some people, starting salary, internships

    Cons

    "Work life balance" isn't reality. Public Accounting INCLUDING Plante Moran don't offer a work/life balance. The perception is that you work long hours, 60+ hours weekly during tax season, but the truth is that you don't work under 50 hours a week every week. This 50+ hours doesn't include your commute time, so expect to be leaving home by 6 and get home around 7 - all year long. When interviewing, ask about total charge hour goals and then add on 20% for training, conferences, add another 20% for sitting in traffic and commuting to/from clients and then add time for making up the lost charge hours if you happen to take vacation time. Salary is good straight out of college but then the raises are slim and at Plante, incharge and above salary levels are extremely low. Managers below $90,000 while working close to 2,800 hours per year. They will dangle the carrot of partnership and the big money but very few make it to that level. They have pushed out long time Managers and even partners.

    Advice to Management

    To help the accounting industry as a whole, understand the competition for quality staff. Since push to be at client all the time, allow to leave the client at 4:30-5:00 pm every day (allow for commute time especially in Chicagoland where traffic can triple commute time). Don't push for so many engagements to be completed in so few days. Paying incharges/associates/managers so low to help pay the large Partner salary and pension payments to retirees is pathetic. This will allow you to retain quality employees along with making the Public Accounting more interesting. Pension reform guys! (Plante has Pension for Partners and administrative staff only, so when they let you go after 10/15/18 years because you aren't partner "material", you get nothing. Eat you up and spit you out!)
    Much happier working industry and make more money, get a pension and pay less for same health benefits...............

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Old School Mentality"

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    Former Employee - Tax In-charge in Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - Tax In-charge in Lansing, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Plante Moran (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly employees, paid parking and community involvement

    Cons

    Poor benefits, low compensation, outdated management

    Advice to Management

    Need competitive compensation, ethical partners and out of the box innovation to retain clients


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Staff"

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    Former Employee - Tax Staff in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Tax Staff in Chicago, IL
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    beautiful new offices in Chicago

    Cons

    very political, high cost for benefits

    Advice to Management

    pay attention to complaints from employees and act on it


  10. Helpful (12)

    "Prepare to have no life"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is competitive, the benefits are decent, the lower level employees are friendly. They also allow you to be flexible in your hours.

    Cons

    They stress a "work like balance" but give you a hard time if you aren't working while on your vacation. The partners are very hostile. The atmosphere is not an encouraging one.


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